Senior Bryan Baranyay '14 will soon be helping design, manufacture and manage the consumer products we use daily.
Baranyay, who will graduate this spring with a bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering and a master's in Engineering Management, has been selected to enter Johnson & Johnson's elite Global Operations Leadership Development (GOLD) Program — a highly competitive training program rotating a select number of entry-level hires through several positions, in different locations, with increasing responsibility.
"Stevens prepared me for this," he says. "I'm grateful."
In July, Baranyay begins his new career with Johnson & Johnson at DePuy Orthopaedics in Warsaw, Indiana, the nation's original commercial orthopedics firm and a J&J subsidiary. There he will serve as a quality engineer on new products through their research and development cycles. That could entail anything from working with surgeons to optimize knee, hip and shoulder replacement designs to working with manufacturers at plant sites to help design processes to mass-produce the replacements.
In roughly a year, the Toms River, N.J. native will be transferred to another location with J&J, possibly closer to his home state. His next role will involve him in pharmaceuticals or consumer goods. One year later, he will then receive a final assignment at a manufacturing facility to be determined, where he will supervise manufacturing processes for a unit in a manufacturing plant.
"I will be in my late 20s and already responsible for supervision of a segment of manufacturing for one of the world's largest consumer products companies," he points out. "It's amazing."
Baranyay says he attended Stevens largely on the availability and strength of the five-year Co-op Program.
"I wanted to get hands-on work experience, and I was very lucky to be selected for four great internships at major companies," he recalls. "It all worked out perfectly."
Indeed, his first internship in 2010 was in Panasonic's U.S. headquarters, then located in Secaucus, N.J., where he monitored consumer experiences of Panasonic televisions and other consumer products and worked to improve products based on user feedback. In the summer of 2011, he performed a second internship with Paramus, N.J.-based watchmaker Movado working on global supply chains and warehouse inventory projects.
"I was working on a piece of software that controlled the entire inventory system," he explains. "Basically, I was the first line of defense if anything went wrong in that warehouse. It was a lot of responsibility."
The experience went so well that he was invited back to perform a second internship with Movado in spring 2012.
Later, in fall, he carried out one final internship with Colgate-Palmolive, at a manufacturing plant then located in Morristown, N.J. There, he worked on a diverse batch of engineering and administrative projects, including installation of sample valves on hot water lines, involvement in the contractor bid process, creation of project plans, systems validation, and creation of systems to label material flows within the plan.
Between internships, Baranyay has been especially involved in campus life, active in Gear and Triangle and the Order of Omega honor society and a member of the Dean's List. He was particularly active with the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, residing in the fraternity house for four years and serving at various points as Vice President for Membership Development and President of the Chapter. Those experiences, he says, taught leadership qualities and problem-solving.
"Without a doubt, leading 100 brothers, working with the national organization and organizing various events was a huge learning opportunity."
As he completes studies, Baranyay will present a Senior Design Project at the 2014 Innovation Expo—a portable, push-button shoe-tying device that may be useful for those with Parkinson's disease, digital amputations, and other challenges grasping and tying shoelaces.
He's grateful, he says, for all he learned at Stevens and the guidance he received.
"The Stevens Office of Career Development was incredibly helpful," he says. "In fact, they were the ones who ultimately connected me with Johnson & Johnson. They alerted me that the GOLD program would be coming to the Stevens career fair for the first time, and that this was an extremely prestigious program.
"I immediately knew I wanted to speak to Johnson & Johnson, and Career Development was able to help make that happen. And everything just developed from there."